11 Teams Proceed to First Ideathon Competition

Nineteen teams applied for the inaugural Ideathon™/Innovation competition, held in conjunction by Cypress College and ModoLabs, the company that created the Cypress Connect app. Of those 19 teams, 11 will proceed to this weekend’s competition.

These 11 teams will showcase their unique ideas with hopes of winning the inaugural Ideathon™. The qualifying teams, which will compete this weekend, are:

  • STEM Cells
  • ‘+C
  • Ex=Change
  • Innovate
  • Shine/Project Brass Rotation
  • Make it Happen
  • Zesty Tanukis
  • Cypress ATC
  • Ez Clap
  • Data Girls
  • Motiv8

About the Competition

Ideathon™ is a weekend-long competition full of fun and innovation! This is where students take their ideas and build them into an app — no coding skills necessary. Students will have the opportunity to create digital solutions to challenges that arise on campus. This is the chance for students to make a change and win some prizes and recognition for dedicating themselves to making a difference for their college.

The competition was open to all enrolled Cypress College students. Each team was required to submit an idea based on one of the challenge themes, which included campus sustainability, college time management, disability on campus, food insecurity, freshmen retention, financial challenges, housing insecurity, life skills, mental health, and physical health.

Full Competition Schedule

Wednesday, April 10 — Business-building, Room 107

6 p.m. Step-by-step training on how to build an app
9 p.m. Students have 24 hours to work in a sandbox to get familiar with the platform

Friday, April 12

Noon-12:15 p.m. Doors open/Registration
12:30-12:45 p.m. Welcome address and video about Modo Ideathon™
12:45-3:30 p.m. Students work in Production Environment
4-7 p.m. Students continue work in the Production Environment
7-7:20 p.m. Dinner
7:20-10 p.m. Students continue work in the Production Environment
10 p.m. Students can continue to work from home

Saturday, April 13

8 a.m.-1 p.m. Future Innovation Hub, Business Building, Room 107
7:30 a.m.-7:40 p.m. Doors open/ Registration
7:40-8 a.m. Breakfast
8 a.m.-Noon. Students Finalize Touches
Noon Production Environment Closes
Noon-1 p.m. Students prepare to present
1-6 p.m. Ideathon™ Public Event, Cypress College Complex Lecture Hall 216
1 p.m. Doors Open
1:45 p.m. Projection Mapping Presentation
2-5 p.m. Student presentations, judging and awards
5-6 p.m. Pictures, videos, interviews, etc.

Cypress College Projection Mapping Project


Kati Angelov is a full-time professor in the Media Arts Design Department at Cypress College. She holds a master of Fine Arts in animation and digital arts from the School of Cinematic Arts at USC. Her employment history includes The Annenberg School of Communication, The Labyrinth Project, HUCK magazine UK, and the Walt Disney Company. She has been teaching over 15 years in different animation schools and is passionate about education. Her goal is to help her students to gain employable skills in the different areas of digital art. Kati’s particular area of interest is motion design and projection mapping. She developed the first projection mapping class ever offered in a community college in the U.S., helping Cypress College students to learn about this cutting-edge technology.


Joshua Beltran, Film Major
At Cypress College, Joshua is pursuing the associate degree for transfer in film. His studies focus on film production and directing. He is a creative person who likes to create artistic things through different platforms and by expressing himself creatively through art.

Danielle (Danie) Gray, Studio Arts Major
Danie Gray is a returning student at Cypress College after taking a 15-year break. She is interested in graphic design, visual effects, and animation. She hopes to transfer to Cal State San Jose in fall 2020 and pursue a bachelor of fine arts in digital media. Her family consists of her husband, 9-year-old daughter, and 1-1/2-year-old son. She and her family stay in Orange County.

Ken Huynh, Motion Graphic Major
Ken Huynh has been a motion graphic student at Cypress College since fall 2018. He loves his projection mapping class and is planning to transfer to CSULB in spring 2020 to pursue his bachelor’s degree. Ken currently works in the Cypress College Office of Campus Communications as a student graphic designer.

Abdul Meelar, Graphic Design Major
Abdul Meelar is currently a graphic design major at Cypress College. He is interested in all aspects of graphic design, film, photography, and video editing. He aspires to one day either start his own media production company or work for a well-known, established company.

Antonio Mosqueda, Film and Motion Graphics Major
At Cypress College, Antonio Mosqueda is pursuing a certificate in motion graphics along with an associate’s degree in film, TV, & electronic media. His goals along the way are to be involved in more film productions and to be a cinematographer. Antonio also aspires to one day be able create a production company and expand it into different global markets.

Bilal Patel, Film and Motion Graphics Major
Bilal’s goal is to work in the film industry on either the production or the post production team.

Ahmed Riched, Graphic Design Major
Ahmed Riched is a graphic design student at Cypress College. He is most interested in motion design and photo manipulation, and aspires to own his own sports graphic/motion design company in the future.

Dinora Salcedo, Film Major
Dinora Salcedo is a film and television production major at Cypress College. She hopes to earn an associate degree for transfer then transfer to UCLA for a bachelor’s degree in the field. She is a director, film maker, and film photographer.

Kindra Tiedtke, 2D Animation Major
Kindra Tiedtke is currently a digital art student at Cypress College who focuses on illustrations and the development of characters. She aspires to become an animator and create more complex environments both visually and through the element of storytelling.

Vu Vuong, Motion Designer at PBS Socal
Vu Vuong is skilled in motion design, logo design, advertising, and video editing. He is currently pursuing a master’s of arts focused in motion media design from Savannah College of Art and Design. He is taking the projection mapping and live entertainment class at Cypress College to expand his skills in this cutting-edge technology.

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